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Going Ape! (1981)

When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Danza ... Foster
Jessica Walter ... Fiona
Stacey Nelkin ... Cynthia (as Stacey Nelkin)
Danny DeVito ... Lazlo
Art Metrano ... Joey
Frank Sivero ... Bad Habit
Rick Hurst ... Brandon
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Jules Cohen
Joseph Maher ... Gridley
Leon Askin ... Zebrewski
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Zaida
Ted White ... Goon #1
Bob Terhune Bob Terhune ... Goon #2
Jaye Durkus Jaye Durkus ... Goon #3 (as Jay Durkus)
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Farley


When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or just one gets sick or dies during the next 3 years, the zoological society will get all the money. So he not only has to deal with 3 apes and an annoyed girlfriend, but also with Laszlo, a kooky new roommate who came from the circus to help with the apes, a greedy zoological society's president, 3 bumbling henchmen and a cranky landlord. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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There were 3 conditions to the 5 million dollar inheritance, and they had to be bathed once a week.


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Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Max See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)


Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During a scene involving Frank Sivero's character and his mobster buddies, The Godfather theme is playing... Frank played Genco in The Godfather Part II. See more »


Poppy finds Rusty's shorts on the hospital floor, but he's seen wearing them in the next scene. See more »


Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »


Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
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Possibly the best movie ever!
16 December 2004 | by Loki928See all my reviews

It takes a special kind of person to care for three orangutans. When the added bonus is 5 million dollars, what more could you ask? This movie has everything! Action, comedy, romance, and, of course, orangutans.

Tony Danza is his usual self, moderately funny and passable as a leading man, but Danny DeVito as Laszlo steals the show every time he is on camera. The orangutans don't do too bad themselves. And the three bumbling goons - icing on the cake. Many may pass this gem by as stupid, but I feel it acts as a social commentary on man's relationship with beast, and is a true vision of how he treats himself, as orangutans are a very close relative genetically.

Rusty, Poppy, Teeger!! Three names that Hollywood may have forgotten, but the eternal movie gods never will.

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